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Preview Roundups
November 02, 2012
Indiana at Charlotte 7:00 PM ET
Two seasons after their only playoff appearance, the Charlotte Bobcats finished the lockout-shortened season with a league-worst seven victories. They will play their first game under new coach Mike Dunlap on Friday night when they host the Indiana Pacers. The Bobcats had the second pick in the NBA draft and used it to draft Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist while adding veterans Ben Gordon, Ramon Sessions and Brendan Haywood. The Pacers have won nine straight in the series.
Denver at Orlando 7:00 PM ET
Amid much trepidation, the post-Dwight Howard Era gets underway in Orlando when the Magic host the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. The blockbuster trade of the former No. 1 overall pick and face of the franchise brought massive changes to the Magic, including the dismissal of coach Stan Van Gundy and the hiring of Jacque Vaughn as his successor. The Nuggets kicked off their season with a lackluster 84-75 loss at Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Milwaukee at Boston 7:30 PM ET
The Boston Celtics built most of their success the last five years on a strong team defense. One game into the 2012-13 campaign and it looks like the Celtics might have to go back to the drawing board on the defensive end. Boston will try to put together a stronger effort and even its record when it hosts the Milwaukee Bucks in its home opener on Friday. The Bucks are hoping a full season with Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings in the backcourt will get them back in the playoffs.
Houston at Atlanta 7:30 PM ET
James Harden made quite the impression in his debut with his new team. On Friday, the NBA's reigning Sixth Man of the Year will look to provide an encore as he guides the Houston Rockets into the Peach State to face the Atlanta Hawks. Hours after agreeing to a five-year, $80 million contract extension on Wednesday, Harden scored 37 points and added a career-high 12 assists in the Rockets' 105-96 triumph over Detroit.
Chicago at Cleveland 7:30 PM ET
The Chicago Bulls provided an early glimpse on how they plan to deal with the absence of injured All-Star point guard Derrick Rose by leaning on their inside game in a season-opening win over Sacramento. The Bulls will look to start the season 2-0 Friday when they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team they have beaten seven consecutive times. Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, who had 29 points in the opener, missed two of the three matchups against the Bulls last season - all lopsided routs.
Miami at New York 8:00 PM ET
The New York Knicks got a one-day delay on their season opener due to the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy in and around New York City. While New York scrambled to put things back together, the world champion Miami Heat were making their way into town for a date at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. The Heat put up 120 points in a win over Boston on opening night and look like they have carried over their championship form.
Utah at New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Anthony Davis was sensational in his NBA debut - and the New Orleans Hornets will need more of the same if they are going to upend the visiting Utah Jazz on Friday. The top overall pick of the 2012 draft, Davis poured in 21 points and added seven rebounds in a 99-95 setback to San Antonio in Wednesday's season opener. On Friday, the young Hornets will face a veteran club in Utah, which begins a streak of eight of its next 10 games on the road.
Portland at Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET
After opening the season with a victory over one Western Conference power, the Portland Trail Blazers try to make it two in a row when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. The Trail Blazers are seeking their second straight 2-0 start after Nicolas Batum had 26 points and rookie Damian Lillard added 22 and 11 assists in a 116-106 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. The Thunder will will look to rebound from a tough 86-84 loss in San Antonio.
Sacramento at Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
The Minnesota Timberwolves spent the summer finding pieces to fit around Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. Now they don’t have Love or Rubio. The two will both be out until at least next month, leaving veterans Brandon Roy and Andrei Kirilenko - neither of whom played in the NBA last season - to hold the fort. The Sacramento Kings were one of only three teams to finish with a worse record than Minnesota in the West and open with the same core.
Detroit at Phoenix 10:00 PM ET
It's too early to identify any game in the NBA season as a must win, but Friday's showdown between the Detroit Pistons and Phoenix Suns at U.S. Airways Center means plenty to both sides. Phoenix is trying to avoid dropping back-to-back home games to start the season. Meanwhile, Detroit will open a daunting six-game Western road trip. The Pistons are one of the league's youngest teams, with six first- or second-year players.
L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers 10:30 PM ET
Long overshadowed by the success of the Lakers, the Clippers look like the stronger team heading into the first head-to-head meeting between the NBA's two Los Angeles franchises Friday night at Staples Center. The Clippers had six players score in double digits during an impressive 101-92 win over Memphis in their mutual season opener on Wednesday. The Lakers are off to an 0-2 start and committed 24 turnovers in Wednesday's 116-106 loss at Portland.
Memphis at Golden State 10:30 PM ET
The Golden State Warriors are one of a handful of teams that will be competing for the final Western Conference playoff spots. To get there, they are going to need to get Stephen Curry and David Lee straightened out. Those two will get a chance to fix their shots on Friday night when the Warriors host the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies fell apart down the stretch and lost their opener but have high hopes for the season.